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Brighton & Hove Art Collection

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust looks after a large and varied collection of art works, with around 1,300 paintings and 8,000 works on paper. Many of these are by well-known and important artists, ranging from Philippe de Champaigne, Poussin and William Blake to Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert and Frank Stella. Works are displayed across ...continue reading "Brighton & Hove Art Collection"


Housing: Status and Future

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

Cranes towering over the city are a common sight. Streetscapes are being transformed. Housing is being built to meet need and targets. A panel of experts will discuss current objectives and strategies and what we may expect in the near future. The discussion will look at the wider context of national and local policy, infrastructure, ...continue reading "Housing: Status and Future"


John Every Phoenix Iron Works

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The arches of the Madeira Terrace, the distinctive Victorian lamp posts, including those in the Royal Pavilion gardens, and seafront railings still adorning Brighton were cast at the Phoenix Iron works of John Every in Lewes. John Blackwell will tell the story of the source of so much of the city's heritage street furniture. All ...continue reading "John Every Phoenix Iron Works"


AGM and John Small Lecture

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

The Regency Society's annual general meeting will be held at the Hove Club on Wednesday 12 April 2023. Full details will appear elsewhere on the website, including information about standing for election as a trustee. All are welcome but only members will be able to vote. However, it will be followed by Wilds & Busby ...continue reading "AGM and John Small Lecture"


Royal Pavilion Garden Through Time

Music Room, Royal Pavilion Brighton, United Kingdom

Antony Dale Lecture 2023 The Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust is preparing to reconfigure the gardens following John Nash's designs of 1826, which will include the controversial proposal of night closure. The lecture will present the history of the garden from the Prince Regent's time onward, its current management and the plans for the redesign. ...continue reading "Royal Pavilion Garden Through Time"

William Burges—Gothic Revival Genius

Church of St Michael & All Angels Victoria Road, Brighton

Burges was responsible for designing the second, larger, half of the church of St Michael and All Angels and was an exponent of ‘High Victorian’ architecture. This lecture about his life and work will be held in the church as a joint event with the Friends of St Michael. Matthew Williams is an expert on ...continue reading "William Burges—Gothic Revival Genius"

Seaside Hotels

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

A Regency Society free lecture by Karen Averby All are invited. No need to book. Since Brighton emerged as an exclusive resort in the 18th century, its varied visitors have required accommodation. In the early days newly built houses were leased for the ‘season’, but increasing visitor numbers led to the growth of commercial ventures, ...continue reading "Seaside Hotels"

Coming soon to a street near you

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

A forum of guest speakers will describe pending and recent developments in the city to open a discussion of these projects and their wider context. Among possible propositions to consider are Churchill Square, King Alfred, Valley Gardens, the Hove Station Quarter, Edward Street and the Kemp Town gasworks site. Are they adding value to the ...continue reading "Coming soon to a street near you"

Proctor and Matthews, Architects

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

A free Regency Society lecture All are invited. No need to book. One of the most interesting and exciting award-winning architectural firms of the moment, Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews will talk about place-making, clarifying urban areas, respecting historical contexts, strengthening a sense of place and identity. Among their works are a neighbourhood of new ...continue reading "Proctor and Matthews, Architects"

Self-build housing

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

A Regency Society free event. All are invited. No need to book. Brighton was one of the earliest pioneers of self-build. It started in Plymouth Avenue in 1948, the first post-war self-build in the country—20 three-bedroom houses costing £1,000 each. It continued with Architype, the Hedgehog Self-Build Co-op, Golf Drive, See-Saw Way and the Bunker ...continue reading "Self-build housing"

AGM and Utopia

Hove Club 28 Fourth Avenue, Hove

What a combination! Regency Society John Small Lecture by Kelvin MacDonald All are invited to this free event. No need to book. From Plato to Le Corbusier and from Thomas More to Walt Disney people have described their ideal city and from Robert Owen to Tomáš Baťa people have tried to build it. This lecture ...continue reading "AGM and Utopia"

How the Victorians transformed the church

St Bartholomew's Church Ann Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of St Bartholomew's Church, Rev Professor William Whyte, professor of social and architectural history at the University of Oxford, will talk about Henry Wilson (1864-1934), a leading exponent of the Arts & Crafts movement who designed many of the church's fixtures and fittings over a 15-year period. ...continue reading "How the Victorians transformed the church"